Hereís an idea: Rather than focus on wounding domestic programs that help people and families, communities and businesses, letís cut where elected officials have maneuvering room: the Pentagon budget. Each year, Congress appropriates more than half of discretionary spending to the Department of Defense, wars and nuclear weapons spending. Even without deficit reduction pressure, this overspending takes dollars away from needed domestic priorities that strengthen our economy and ensure that America can compete in the world marketplace. This isnít making our nation more secure. As chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dempsey put it, ďIt makes no sense at all for us as a nation to have an extraordinarily capable military instrument of power if we are economically disadvantaged around the world.Ē
Wow! That's a really amazing statement for him to make.